Brief summary of APSCo in 2013
Welcome to this special end of year APSCo news bulletin. 2013 has been a fantastic year for APSCo has been very busy supporting its members and lobbying on their behalf, here are just a few of the highlights.
The year started with a bang with the launch of APSCo’s Professional Development, led by one of the recruitment industries best known trainers, Fiona Lander. The new division delivers the highest quality training to all levels of staff in the recruitment industry across the UK and Asia.
And also in Asia, APSCo led a trade delegation to Hong Kong where members were able to meet key figures in the employment market to evaluate opportunities for business in the region.to help existing members set up in the territory.
Towards the end of January the Department of Business Innovation and Skills published their consultation document on the future regulatory framework for the recruitment industry. The consultation period ran for 12 weeks and APSCo met with key government figures to clarify its position.
The Government’s response to the consultation was published on the 12th July 2013, and it clearly showed that they listened to the concerns of APSCo members, retaining a key opt-out provision and limiting regulatory documentation for SME’s. Indeed APSCo was specifically thanked for its contribution by BIS.
In April, irresistible demand led to the launch of APSCo Asia, based in Singapore and covering the Sout East Asia region. It has been a remarkable success, and during the year APSCo has held a variety of successful events in the region for its fast-growing membership and has elected a knowledgeable and energetic representative committee.
In May, BIS indicated to APSCo that it would be undertaking a paperwork review of the Agency Worker Regulations. APSCo worked closely with BIS to arrive at a schedule of recommendations, submitted to the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Michael Fallon, in September.
In this year’s Budget the Chancellor announced the Government would consult on proposals to strengthen obligations to ensure the correct income tax and NICs are paid by offshore employment intermediaries. The consultation ran from May to August during which time APSCo engaged extensively with its members and Sarah Radford of HMRC before responding.
In October, APSCo’s annual sales conference in London’s West End brought together some of the recruitment industries top speakers from around the world to describe how the best businesses resist recessionary forces.
Also in October, leading education stakeholders welcomed the announcement of APSCo’s Compliance+, the new best practice standard for education recruitment businesses. Replacing the Dfe’S quality Mark in education, this new benchmark, which focuses on the quality of education delivered to children, will be fully launched in January 2014.
APSCo ended November with an amazing high at its annual charity ball which was Flamenco themed. Well over £60,000 was raised on the night which will go a long way to help ChildLine’s various activities. APSCo would like to thank the evening’s generous sponsors First Choice Software. Search YouTube for “APSCo Flamenco Charity Ball” for full highlights.
As the year comes to an end, a Select Committee of the House of Lords, chaired by Baroness Noakes, is conducting an inquiry into the use of Personal Service Companies in the public and private sectors. The report will receive a response from the Government, and may be debated in the House. APSCo will be giving evidence to this committee on the 16th December 2013.
Finally, to round off an amazing year for APSCo, it has announced an innovative graduate Intern Programme, aimed at raising awareness of recruitment as a positive career choice for top graduates, whilst providing carefully selected and supported intern talent from top UK and Asian universities to its Members. The scheme will be in full operation during 2014.
And 2014 is looking just as busy, with Compliance+ launching in January and a trade delegation to Dubai just some of the important events planned.
That’s all we have time for right now. We wish you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.